“Beauty and the Beasts” opens at Hermann

Anyone with an interest in art, along with a love of nature will surely be impressed by an upcoming Hermann Art Gallery exhibition titled, “Beauty and the Beasts,” with all of the works based upon scenes and creatures from the world of nature.

The artist, Clarita Scioscia, was born in Peru and has lived in Florida most of her life. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 1982 with a bachelor of fine arts degree and with minors in art history and education.

Paul Cusick, director of the Hermann, explained the Bellevue connection. “The artist is the wife of a cousin of Joe Scioscia, former Bellevue councilman and current treasurer. Joe's wife mentioned the Hermann to Clarita and suggested an exhibit. She was thrilled.”

On her Web site, Scioscia writes of her concept of creativity: “I have always enjoyed being outside and marveling at God's immeasurable creativity and design.”

Her blend of impressionistic and realistic art styles are evident in her creations, some with features reminiscent of the works of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

And speaking of her love of her art, she says, “To translate an expression of a living thing onto a flat surface takes my breath away. To swim in a sea of blues and greens as I make water appear on canvas is thrilling. Creation is the instrument on which God plays His tune. I listen, in awe, and interpret with paint.”

The show opens tonight from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Hermann, 318 Lincoln Ave., and runs through Dec. 28.